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POLITICS

Benjamin Netanyahu claims victory

By Jordi Bou

March 3, 2020 - Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud party has claimed victory in Israel’s third election in less than a year, but remains short of a governing majority.

Netanyahu, head of the right-wing Likud party, claimed victory in Monday’s vote over his main challenger, former armed forces chief Benny Gantz of the centrist Blue and White, after exit polls projected his party had come out on top.

But with nearly three-quarters of the votes counted, Netanyahu appeared three seats short of a majority in Israel’s parliament, a gap signalling there may be deadlock yet again.

Yisrael Beiteinu leader Avigdor Lieberman, who was in the position of kingmaker after the last two elections, said it would keep its campaign promise not to join a coalition with religious parties.

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PUBLISHED: 03/03/2020; STORY: Graphic News; PICTURES: Getty Images
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